Matt Fitzpatrick will bag tidy prize money after winning thrilling US Open

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Matt Fitzpatrick will bag a tidy amount of prize money after claiming his first major championship with a thrilling victory at the US Open on Sunday.

The Sheffield-born golfer managed to top a tight field of competitors after four rounds of play, finishing the weekend six under par and one shot ahead of nearest challengers Scottie Scheffler and Will Zalatoris. He also became the first English golfer to win both the US Amateur title and the US Open, winning both at The Country Club in Brookline, Massachusetts.

Thanks to his victory at the weekend, Fitzpatrick has scooped £2.6million in prize money, according to CBS.

Those winnings are £400,000 more than Scheffler and Justin Thomas earned for their wins at the Masters and the PGA Championship earlier this year, where they both won £2.2million.

This year's US Open is understood to have had the largest prize purse in major championship history, with £14.3million available to those that made the cut. All of the top 20 finishers will receive a minimum of £160,000 as a reward for their performances.

However, Fitzpatrick's winnings are not the biggest paid out this year, though, with Cameron Smith taking home £2.95million after winning The Players Championship back in March.

Meanwhile, the controversial LIV Golf Tour paid out a staggering £3.3million to Charl Schwartzel after he won their inaugural event in London earlier this month, according to USA Today. The PGA Tour have banned those players who have signed with the Saudi-backed tour from competing in their events.

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Fitzpatrick smashed his previous best performance at the US Open to claim the eighth professional win of his career, having only finished as high as joint-12th in the past back in 2018 and 2019.

Speaking after his win, Fitzpatrick admitted, via the BBC: "It's meant the world. I've obviously won here twice now. I'm trying to get every tour event round here. To stay with them this week has made it so much more relaxing. There's no pressure and I've loved every minute of it."

As for his best major finish prior to the weekend, that came at the PGA Championship earlier this year when the world number 10 tied for fifth place at Southern Hills.

Fitzpatrick will now look to continue his fine form at the final major of the year next month as The Open Championship takes place at St. Andrews in Scotland. His previous best performance in the event saw him tie for 20th in 2019.

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